But he that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose. Anne Bronte
We have roses. They are not lasting long in this heat but a small spray of the little paper ones or a single dark red one in a specimen vase does so lift the heart! The gardenias are out too but the heat has done for them & they are browning before the petals even unfurl. So Sad. I do love a gardenia.
Anyway some odd things happen in this house. Ever notice? Dino came rushing in madly Saturday all excited babbling that he'd just seen a quail in our garden. Now I got all excited about that because quail, as you know, are tiny ground dwellers & rather shy, & though I used to see them regularly when we first moved here the drought & all the clearing seems to have finished them off, along with the yellow robins & the little rose robins, which I haven't seen in years & years. [Perish the thought about accusing my cats!] I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the visitor but before that happened Dino re arrived declaring it wasn't a quail after all but some weird looking *duck*. I use the term loosely ~ very loosely indeed. Not overly exciting though certainly nice to know.
Eventually I caught sight of Dino's *duck* through the kitchen windows. *sigh* No, not a duck. This is much more likely. Probably not the Lewin's if those stats are correct but certainly a member of the family. I know we get them as I've seen them before, though never more than just the one & very irregularly if we have a wetter than usual season. Our garden is being kept very damp just now, which is what has attracted it.
So, one rail. The next morning I got up to find both cats prowling the house with their ears pricked & their fur all on end. This usually means the snakes in the walls are moving around & driving my animals crazy. Yes, I know. We live in the country; we have wild life, OK? I paddled down the stairs & as I hit the hallway floor there was an almighty QUORK!!! from under my feet. The cats & I all lept backwards. Yep, the stupid bird had got in under the house & was making the strangest assortment of noises that kept the cats on edge all morning.
At some point I am likely to sprook about any of the following, all of which are on my desk right now & all of which I am randomly reading: Mad Dogs & Englishmen ~ the sort of racey & personal history I can get quite excited about! The Islamic Anti~Christ & God's War on Terror ~ something for you all to look forward too, yes? ☺ Prepare yourself, people. We're on holidays I I have plenty of time for rabbitting on endlessly!